LA's most entertaining opera company presents a unique double bill of one-act operas. Puccini's only comic opera, "Gianni Schicchi" tells the story of the Donati family. Once one of Florence's most influential and rich families, they have fallen on hard times and their fate depends entirely on the will of Buoso Donati. "L'enfant et les Sortilèges (The Child and the Spells)" is about a young boy who is sent to his room alone after misbehaving. Much to his surprise, his toys, furniture, and pets come alive to teach him a lesson about acting out. Called a "Lyric Fantasy" by the composer, this short opera is perfect for kids of all ages. The two operas are linked (for the first time ever as far as we can tell) through Gherardino, the youngest member of the Donati clan who becomes the "Enfant" in the second opera. Sometime after the events of "Gianni Schicchi", he is sent to his room where his relatives and other characters from the first opera are superimposed on inanimate objects and animals in his fantasy. These two short operas (just over two hours total with an intermission) are the perfect way to introduce children to the magic of opera. A 16-person cast of professional opera singers are accompanied by a large orchestra and members of the Occidental College Glee Club. Presented in language (Italian/French) with projected English supertitles. Fully staged and costumed in beautiful Thorne Hall. As always at POP, expect accessible, affordable, and entertaining opera!